GENESEE, Colo. -- A fatal crash closed Interstate 70 just west of metro Denver for several hours on Monday night into Tuesday morning, the Colorado Department of Transportation said.
The crash happened near mile marker 254, the exit for U.S. Highway 40 in the Genesee area, about 8:25 p.m.
The Colorado State Patrol said two people were killed in the crash. A third was seriously injured and was taken to a hospital.
A spokesman said two vehicles were involved in the crash. A driver traveling in the eastbound lanes lost control of the vehicle, crossed over the median and crashed into another vehicle traveling westbound.
While eastbound lanes originally remained open, authorities closed them as a helicopter arrived at the scene. The lanes later reopened.
The crash and cleanup caused a nightmare for travelers. The only available detour was along U.S. 40. Drivers were advised to avoid the area, but traffic backed up for miles.
The names, ages and gender of the victims were not released. The interstate reopened about 1 a.m. The cause of the crash is under investigation.